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Miracles, Spiritual Journeys, Spirits of the Literary Type and More Throughout October in the Garden

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

The Book Garden is falling back into autumn with a colorful array of author and lit-themed events. Join us for a conversation with special guest acclaimed author Jonathan Miles about his new novel, Anatomy of a Miracle on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 7pm during Evening Reads Book Club. Find out the inspiration for this incredible story and chat with one of our favorite authors. And we aren’t the only ones who love him. Check out this review in the LA Review of Books. RSVP for this event is highly recommended as space is limited. Go on a spiritual journey of a different kind with author Sarada Chiruvolu when she visits on Saturday, Oct 13th to discuss her new book, Home at Last. “I felt as though it was preordained and was in a sense imposed on me; a journey meant to be completed because it was my time to pursue it. The book explains how I reached that state without relinquishing the life I was given; having a family, a career, and an active social life with all the responsibilities inherent in those roles….” Come learn more and share your stories of self-discovery at 3pm on October 13th. Frenchtown area writers – both published and aspiring-to-be-published are invited to join in the first Wine-n-Chat Frenchtown Writers gathering on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7pm to 9ish. Wine and other refreshments will be served and a donation of $5 is requested to defray refreshment costs. Come meet, mingle and be inspired and reassured that the life of a writer is a life worth pursuing. Red Dashboard poets will share their work on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 2pm to 4pm. Featured poets will be Ryan Torres, reading from his new collection, Barry Gross and Kate Nardone. Last but not least, The Book Garden is excited to announce our first ever Haunted Garden brought to you by the Frenchtown Fright Club. Doors will open at 5pm on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. Children of all ages (and brave adults) are invited to come be part of the fun. There is no cost and we promise a few screams, some laughter and surprises. To RSVP for any of the events above or for more information, email caroline@bookgarden.biz or call 908-996-2022; updates are also posted on Facebook....

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Riverfest Celebrates Life Along the River in Frenchtown

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in family, festival, In The News | 0 comments

Frenchtown’s Riverfest will celebrate the arts on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. until dusk. Bridge Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, noon-6 p.m., and local musicians will perform in two venues – in the middle of Bridge Street and in Sunbeam Park beside the Delaware River. Here at The Book Garden Skye Van Saun will be at the Book Garden (28 Bridge St.) to create personalized poetry on demand and Rick Epstein, former editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat and Frenchtown’s Delaware Valley News, will conduct historical walking tours at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. No registration is needed; just meet in front of the Book Garden, 28 Bridge St. The price is $10. Mike Tyksinski, who is coordinating the event for the Frenchtown Business & Professional Association, says, “Frenchtown is always a beautiful and welcoming place, but this will be Frenchtown at its liveliest, as we showcase all sorts of creativity. Don’t miss it!” At 10:30 a giant egg at ArtYard’s Old Hatchery Building at the corner of Lott and Front Streets, former site of Kerr’s Chickeries, will crack open and performers in bird costumes will emerge. All day, visitors will be invited to make paper boats in a riverside tent. As each batch of boats is completed, Vikings in full regalia, led by Eric Fiorito, will take the boats into the river for races. A photo exhibit and contest, “Summer on the Delaware,” can be viewed in the Brokaw Photographic Studio at 34 Bridge St. The contest, sponsored by New Hope Photo and Brokaw Studio, has a $250 purse. Photos will feature Delaware River scenes that were shot this summer. John Schmidtberger of SFA Gallery has invited fellow painters to set up their easels around town and at The Spinnery (33 Race St.) yarn-dyeing using natural colors will be demonstrated, 2-5 p.m. Performers on the Bridge Street stage will include the Saddletones (country swing), the Wallace Brothers (country), bluesman Alex Wolfson, Sara’s Jazz Band, and Baby Finster (rock band). Enlivening Sunbeam Park will be Native American drumming, an Eyes of the Wild display of wild animals, Lolly Hopwood singing children’s songs, Keith and Laura Strunk reading stories for children, singer/songwriters Nate Walker, Brian Fitz and Joe Cocco, and the Folkenpunk Trio (bluegrass). The offerings of Frenchtown’s restaurants will be augmented outdoors by the Lions Club and American Legion’s grills, and the efforts of Smokerhead BBQ, the Bridge Cafe’s pop-up restaurateur Graham Miller, Pirate Cupcake of Milford, Tyler’s Water Ice and Early Bird’s lemonade stand. Vendors and exhibitors will abound, with offerings including green products; information on protecting the environment; artisanal soaps, fishing lures and knives; and paintings, photos and objets d’art. Visitors are invited to register to vote, see Native American artwork, learn about water safety, and undergo henna adornment. During Riverfest the Bridge Cafe will offer bánh mì (Vietnamese bread) sandwiches and homemade ice cream sandwiches; Freedom Art will feature the works of new local artists Jim Colliert and Ryan Brooks Leslie; Olive with a Twist will offer a sampling of 45 different balsamics and olive oils, locally made marmalades, jams, and cheeses, along with artisan breads from the Wayfare Bakers; Country Chic Boutique will hold a 70 percent-off clearance sale; and River Gypsy will discount its new autumn inventory by 15 percent. Additional parking is available at Kathee’s General Store, at Frenchtown school, in the lot at Old Frenchtown Field, and at Artie’s Bar & Grill at 1121 Route 12 (GPS address: Frenchtown). Shuttle service will be available from Artie’s. Bike-check service will be available behind the Bridge Cafe. Photo: Frenchtown Riverfest paper-boat...

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